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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
July 18, 2001

 

TAFT AND ODOT BREAK GROUND ON U.S. 30 ADDITION

$75 Million New Alignment To Increase Safety, Widen Route

NEVADA (July 18, 2001) Governor Bob Taft today broke ground on a new section of U.S. Route 30 between the cities of Upper Sandusky and Bucyrus, which will increase safety by widening the route to four lanes.

Taft was accompanied by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor and State Rep. Stephen Reinhard (R-Bucyrus). Taft gave special recognition to U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley, who secured $11 million for the purchase of right of way along the U.S. 30 corridor. The ceremony was held near the Wyandot/Crawford county line southeast of Nevada. The new $75 million highway will open in late 2003.

The 11-mile, four-lane highway will be constructed on a new alignment between Upper Sandusky and Bucyrus, approximately two miles south of the existing route. A special feature of the route will be a three-leg interchange at U.S. 30 and U.S. 23, which will allow traffic to transition smoothly from one four-lane route to another. According to ODOT, right of way has been purchased and construction plans have been completed for the remaining sections of U.S. 30 between Ohio 235 and Upper Sandusky.

In the past 10 years, U.S. 30 has seen a 10 percent increase in total traffic volume while experiencing a 63 percent increase in truck traffic. Currently, 46 percent of the total average daily traffic is commercial trucks.

"This project represents another significant step toward fulfilling the commitment to improve U.S. 30 all across Northern Ohio," Taft said. "We are celebrating an accomplishment for the citizens of Ohio. This project will make the roads safer for Ohio motorists."

The project is the second phase of an overall plan to expand and improve U.S. 30 through Allen, Hancock, Wyandot and Crawford counties. The first phase from Beaverdam in Allen County to State Route 235 in Hancock County was finished in December 1999.

"Today reinforces our ongoing promise to make U.S. 30 a safer and more efficient road to travel," Proctor said. "This project continues the goal to improve these important corridors across the state."

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